On 3 August (just some 9 days away), BarCamp Zimbabwe will be held in Harare. The event is for tech startups, geeks, entrepreneurs and generally the whole tech community in Zimbabwe. We’re excited about it. We’ve longed for tech startup events like this one and we feel this will take tech in Zim to another level. It will spark bigger things, bigger events and hopefully attract some investment into great ideas and great people.
If you haven’t already, you can sign up for the event on this url: barcampzim.eventbrite.com. Places are going fast, you need to grab yourself a seat before it’s too late. The event is being funded by sponsors, so it’s free to attend. ZOL, Byers Design and Webdev are the sponsors so far. In addition to the platinum sponsorship, ZOL will also provide Wi-Fi at the event. Sponsorship slots are still open to more sponsors (details here).
Unfortunately there is limited capacity, so you have to sign up now if this looks like something you don’t want to miss. We really wanted for the event to just take place, no-matter how small, and hopefully encourage other individuals to do similar initiatives to get Zimbabwe’s tech startup ecosystem alive. We all need this. Zim needs it.
We (as Techzim) are part of the team behind the effort. The other individuals are Joseph Manzungu, an open source enthusiast, and Richwell Phinias, the man driving Dariro.com. Techzim writes about tech issues in Zim so, naturally any event bringing tech people together to share, learn and explore gets us super excited. We’re really looking forward to this.
Now to the big news for startups:
One of the exciting things that’s going to take place at BarCamp Zim is the Startup Challenge. This is a positive for startups and Zim’s whole mobile and web startup ecosystem. Startups will be able to get feedback and ideas from fellow attendees and most of all, some exposure to their projects, which hopefully will attract skills, partnerships, and ultimately some funding.
But that’s not all; courtesy of the BarCamp Zim platinum sponsor, Zimbabwe Online (ZOL), startups will also have the opportunity to win some US $25,000 in cash and internet services in the Startup Challenge. If you’re a startup and have a great project you’re working on, read details on the following url to enter: http://barcamp.jumpstart.co.zw/startups
See you there!
Update(1600hrs):If you got the “Sold Out” message on the event registration page, please try again, we just added some 25 more tickets.
Update (1800hrs): If your ISP is iWayAfrica, you probably can’t see the barcamp.jumpstart.co.zw site right now. We know because we also can’t view the site and we’re on iWay. Some routing issue we’re told. What a bummer!
To get to the site anyway, use an international proxy like anonymouse.org